LibriVox recording of MERCENARY, by MACK REYNOLDS. Read by MARK NELSON.
Every status-quo-caste society in history has left open two roads to rise above your caste: The Priest and The Warrior. But in a society of TV and tranquilizers--the Warrior acquires a strange new meaning..... (Introduction from the Gutenberg text)
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February 17, 2011 Subject:
I could see the author thinking that people were heading in this direction, and it would seem he isn't too far off from how things are today. :-)
Joseph Mowser started out as a member of the lower caste. He is not satisfied with this, and decides to rise above it. But how do you rise above your caste when your entire society is based on tranq's, television, and wars? Simple, become a war hero. Oh but there's a catch... but I won't spoil the story for you.
The story is short, but interesting. Mark Nelson is always a fine reader. Overall, this is a story worth listening to. Enjoy!